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Adult correctional facilities

Correctional Institutions

Inmates under the care and custody of a local, state, or federal correctional authority are generally housed in one of two types of facilities – a local jail or a state or federal prison. BJS collects data on the administration and operation of both types of facilities.  

  • Jails confine persons before or after adjudication and are usually operated by local law enforcement authorities such...